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Phoenix surpasses 115 degrees, sets daily heat record for July 7

Jul 7, 2017, 2:34 PM | Updated: 6:34 pm
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(AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

PHOENIX — Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Phoenix has again surpassed 115 degrees and set a new daily heat record, this time for July 7.

The National Weather Service said Friday that the mercury hit 116 degrees about 2:20 p.m. The high topped out at 118.

The old record of 115 was set in 1905.

Friday started off hot and only got hotter. The weather service said the overnight low of 91 was also a daily record.

The mercury had topped 100 degrees before most people arrived at work.

An extreme heat warning was in effect through Friday evening.

Though Friday was yet another day of sweltering weather Phoenix had experienced over recent weeks, it appeared relief could literally be on the horizon: the weather service said monsoon storms could hit the Valley this weekend.

“With the gradual increase in moisture, it looks like maybe by Saturday or Sunday night there will be a better chance to actually see some rain out there,” National Weather Service meteorologist Marvin Percha said Friday.

In a Thursday tweet, the weather service said isolated storms are expected throughout Arizona’s lower deserts — including Phoenix. Some of the high country could see scattered storms.

Should the monsoon move in, the recent record-breaking highs should drop. Sunday’s high was expected to be 108 degrees and Monday’s was expected to be 107.

KTAR News’ Ali Vetnar contributed to this report.

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Phoenix surpasses 115 degrees, sets daily heat record for July 7